Ben’s Cat will return to Maryland Million
Ben’s Cat, in the midst of the first four-race losing streak of his storied career, is being pointed to a return trip to the Maryland Million Day program Oct. 22 at Laurel Park. Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, who bred, owns and trains the popular10-year-old gelding, said he expects to run Ben’s Cat for a second straight year in the $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint at six furlongs on the main track. “We’re going to go to the Maryland Million. I want to support Maryland Million Day and I’ve got really no other place to run,” the 83-year-old Leatherbury said. “It’s not on the turf but at least it’s a little bit restricted.” It will be the seventh straight year in the Maryland Million for Ben’s Cat, winner of the Turf Sprint from 2010 to 2012, and second in the one-mile Turf in 2013 and 2014 and last year’s Sprint. MORE LAUREL PARK: Medina, Minn., investment banker Dan Flanigan topped a 51-player field to win horsetourney.com’s The BIG One handicapping tournament held Sept. 24 and 25 inside the second-floor clubhouse sports bar at Laurel Park. Flanigan, 45, earned $35,200. A live money tournament for the first time this year, The BIG One offered $103,000 in prize money as well as 10 seats to the National Handicapping Championship, eight seats to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and 10 entries to the Horse Player World Series. According to horsetourneys.com, Laurel Park is expected to host The BIG One again in the fall of 2017. Qualifiers will take place starting in January.